Berman, Cram, Halfnight and Sheppeard to Be Part of First Public MCC PlayLab Readings

News   Berman, Cram, Halfnight and Sheppeard to Be Part of First Public MCC PlayLab Readings New works by Brooke Berman, Cusi Cram, Ashlin Halfnight and Julian Sheppard will be part of MCC Theater's PlayLab Readings, which is now open to the public.
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The once-private new play readings by members of MCC's Playwrights' Coalition will now be available to the public in a new four-week Monday night series starting Oct. 27.

Audiences will be offered "a rare opportunity to see works in development by some of New York's most exciting playwrights" and further "invited to mingle with the artists at post-performance receptions to be held each night," as an announcement states.

The 2008 PlayLab Readings (all at 7 PM) follow:

  • Oct. 27: Second Life by Ashlin Halfnight
    "Tim's having trouble holding onto reality. Video games bleed into pornography, and both bleed into real life," as notes reveal. "Then things get even more dangerous – he falls in love."

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  • Nov. 3: Zero by Julian Sheppard
    "Strangers caught in the gravitational pull of New York City are drawn together in love, desire and the pursuit of freedom. Their paths cross, overlap and finally converge in an explosive confrontation."
  • Nov. 10: The Jesus Year by Brooke Berman
    "When you turn 33 (the same age Jesus was when he, as Max puts it, 'did all his stuff'), you find your mission, you get nailed to a cross, you die, and then you get reborn. And that's exactly what Max is looking to do in L.A."
  • Nov. 17: A Lifetime Burning by Cusi Cram
    "In a perfectly decorated mid-century modern apartment on Mulberry Street, one sister has written a memoir. Another sister claims that not one word of it is true. Both may be right. Is memory ever what really happened or, in these reality obsessed times, is it possible to rewrite one's life?" MCC currently presents Michael Weller's Fifty Words, starring Norbert Leo Butz and Elilzabeth Marvel, through Nov. 8 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

    All PlayLab readings will take place at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 151 East 25th Street, free of charge (reservations are recommended). To make reservations call (212) 727-7722, ext. 244 or email literary@mcctheater.org.

    For more information, visit mcctheater.org.

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